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Five Must-See Shows Premiering This September

September 7th, 2011 10:00am EDT
ringer
1. Sept 13 - Ringer (CW, Tues 9/8c)
Reasons to get excited: Sarah Michelle Gellar (times two)

“The Ringer” is about twins. Bridget is a recovering alcoholic on the run from the mob after witnessing a murder. She takes refuge with her twin sister Siobhan, but when Siobhan goes missing and Bridget takes over her life, Bridget realizes that Siobhan’s world isn’t as picture-perfect as it seemed. It also stars Sarah Michelle Gellar (and Sarah Michelle Gellar); marking her first starring television role since “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Yeah. It’s monumental.

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NBC Announces New Fall TV Shows, 2011-12 Schedule

May 16th, 2011 11:30am EDT
The PlayBoy Club
NBC just introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hitmakers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and Peter Berg, among many others.

The season's new dramas are "Smash," "Prime Suspect," "The Playboy Club," "Awake," "Grimm" and "The Firm"; and the new comedies are "Up All Night," "Whitney," "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," "Free Agents," "Best Friends Forever" and "Bent."

Returning shows include "Parenthood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Harry's La...
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Lorne Michaels Says Charlie Sheen Will Be Back On 'SNL'

March 2nd, 2011 1:14pm EST
Lorne Michaels
Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels is confident Charlie Sheen will host the famous sketch show again - despite the troubled actor's ongoing war with Two And A Half Men bosses.

The remainder of the eighth season of the hit sitcom was called off by network chiefs after Sheen publicly criticized series creator Chuck Lorre last week.

However, Michaels admits Sheen is still welcome to make his TV comeback on the long-running comedy show.

Discussing the possibility of Sheen booking an SNL hosting gig, Michaels tells the New York Daily News, "Not anytime soon. But he's done it befor...
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Can 'MacGruber' Break The SNL Movie Curse?

May 20th, 2010 9:00am EDT
Can MacGruber Break The SNL Movie Curse
Of all the recent "Saturday Night Live" recurring characters, MacGruber seemed the least likely to land his own feature film. After all, the skit spends about 15 seconds with the action hero before he's blown to smithereens.

However, star Will Forte imagined greater things for our mulleted man of action, and he convinced Lorne Michaels and the powers that be to turn the skit into a 90-minute film that opens Friday.

"MacGruber" is getting solid buzz on the eve of its opening, but has to overcome the stigma that SNL films can't cut it both from a quality and financial standpoint. There ha...
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Stars That Started Out Behind The Scenes

April 7th, 2010 2:08pm EDT
Tina Fey
By now most people know that "Date Night" star Tina Fey was the head writer on "Saturday Night Live" before Lorne Michaels had the bright idea to give her the on-screen job of co-anchoring the show's classic "Weekend Update" segment with Jimmy Fallon. Soon she was appearing in movies, winning all of the industry's top acting awards for her role on "30 Rock," and achieving icon status with a brilliant impersonation of a certain moose-hunting republican from Alaska.

It's hard to believe that one of the most recognizable faces in comedy spent several years behind the scenes, and Fey's not th...
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Celebrities Who Should Host Saturday Night Live

January 22nd, 2010 6:00pm EST
Celebrities Who Should Host Saturday Night Live
With such an iconic sketch comedy show like Saturday Night Live, it can be very disappointing when the host fails to excite us. Some celebrity hosts surprise the audience and are actually funny like Brian Williams

, whereas some bomb terribly like January Jones, Michael Phelps and Paris Hilton. Most likely if Lorne Michaels invites the celebrity to host again, it's a good sign like Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Goodman, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Drew Barrymore, and Jon Bon Jovi. A few other phenomenal past hosts were Justin Timberlake, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Britney S...
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SNL's Jenny Slate Doing Fine After F Bomb

October 26th, 2009 9:57am EDT
Jenny Slate
Jenny Slate made an auspicious debut on Saturday Night Live this year, accidentally saying the F word in a sketch in the season premiere. Slate remains a part of the cast, and her castmate, Kenan Thompson, reports that everything has settled down behind the scenes.

"Yeah, she's good," Thompson said. "It happens. It's a live show. [Lorne Michaels]'s not going to fire anybody over a slip up like that. That was an innocent thing I think. I don't think she was like, 'This is my chance to say the F word on television.'"

The SNL veterans were sympathetic about the uncertainty that faced Sla...
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2009 Primetime Emmy Awards Mega Diary

September 21st, 2009 9:55am EDT
Neil Patrick Harris
Ah, the Emmys. The one Awards show on TV that has a nonchalant attitude toward its honorees and the medium it seeks to honor. A ceremony that seeks to put on a funny show, not blow smoke up the behinds of the many winners mostly seem like they'd rather not be there.

Sure, the last couple years were awful, but this year we have the inimitable Neil Patrick Harris at the helm, and with the possibility that this may be Emmy's final year on broadcast television, they're certain to pull out all the stops and ratchet up the funny.

And with that stellar introduction, here is the 2009 Primet...
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Writer's Viewpoint: 'Saturday Night Live' Replaces Two Cast Members

September 8th, 2009 2:59pm EDT
Michaela Watkins - Casey Wilson
Stunning reports have come out recently regarding Saturday Night Live. Anonymous sources reported to Access Hollywood that SNL will be replacing Michaela Watkins and Casey Wilson with Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad and Yahoo TV! reports that Kristen Wiig will be joining Seth Meyers on Weekend Update.

I am certainly not privy of the details concerning the release of the two, so it is unfair for me to speculate as to the reason for their departure. That said, it seems as though they were on the show but for the blink of an eye and are being thrown out as if they were the drunken, err, coca...
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Will Forte Of 'Saturday Night Live' Talks To Starpulse

April 28th, 2009 12:03pm EDT
Will Forte
"It's a strange transformation that he goes through when he puts a moustache on, it's very funny. Seriously, It's like automatic douchebag. It's crazy." - Kenan Thompson speaking to Starpulse about his "SNL" and "Sit Down, Shut Up" co-star Will Forte's love for fake moustaches in a yet to be published interview.

Mike: You were a history major at UCLA. How do you go from a history major to joining the Groundlings to where you're at now?

Will: Well, when I was trying to figure out my major, my dad said, "You know, it doesn't really matter what you major in", I didn...
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Scott Adsit Talks With Starpulse About His Show, '30 Rock'

April 16th, 2009 10:09am EDT
Scott Adsit
In the pilot episode of the Emmy Award winning 30 Rock, Scott Adsit's character, Pete Hornberger, is fired. In an example of art imitating life, Scott himself was, at least at first, also being cut from the show. While Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) was trying to save Pete's job from Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) on camera, Tina Fey was trying to save Scott's job in the cast from Executive Producer Lorne Michaels, off camera. Scott was nice enough to discusses with us that very incident along with his roots at Second City, his time on Mr. Show, his favorite moments on 30 Rock and answers some reader qu...
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Chris Parnell Chats About SNL, '30 Rock,' Lindsay Lohan, Will Ferrell & More

February 12th, 2009 11:32am EST
Chris Parnell
In the circles I run in, "Ooh, now that's a hot lead" is something I hear quoted by my friends quite often, really, for any reason or occasion. It's just one of those things. Of course, this is one of Chris Parnell's lines from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Naturally, I was (way too) excited to share this fact with Chris and, well, he (ahem) had no idea what I was talking about -- at least at first.

Regardless, Chris was nice enough to join me the day after his birthday and discuss everything from his time on Saturday Night Live, helping put YouTube on the map with "Lazy Sund...
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'Saturday Night Live': Post-Election

December 2nd, 2008 10:04am EST
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live is not funny. Some of the skits are funny, some, but the show as a whole is not. The former meter of comedic excellence has not so much stepped away from the glory days of John Belushi and Chevy Chase as much as it has dove. Even Cheri Oteri, whose career is on the wane since her days cheerleading alongside Will Ferrell, chose to cameo on the soon-to-be-cancelled Boston Legal as opposed to her alma mater.

Yes, the election has returned SNL to brief heights of hilarity. But, what does it mean when the most memorable skits of the new season featured two former cast m...
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'30 Rock' Returns Tonight, Catch Up Here!

October 30th, 2008 9:30am EDT
30 Rock
It's been quite a year for Tina Fey. First, she revived a sinking Saturday Night Live. Then she completed the second season of 30 Rock in the face of the fallout that many scripted shows were unable to overcome. She not only overcame but thrived, showing NBC and the world that in the face of waning writing and the incestuous reality TV genre, a well-written show would garner viewers. If only Arrested Development had survived.

Next she starred in Baby Mama, which renewed Hollywood's hopes in a tandem of comediennes being able to carry a box office weekend. It seemed Tina Fey could do n...
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Underrated/Overrated 'Saturday Night Live' Weekend Update Anchors

October 20th, 2008 12:48pm EDT
Kevin Nealon
Last week and for the next few, "Saturday Night Live" will move its oldest property, "Weekend Update" to primetime.

It seems we can no longer call the cast the Not-Ready-For-Primetime Players as they bring their cornerstone segment to a timeslot previously occupied by shows like "Frasier" and "Friends". This gives SNL a chance to enter the mainstream in a way it never has before, and with the endless wave of news (both straightforward and comedic) "Weekend Update" is the perfect vehicle to bring late night to primetime.

Unfortunately, those who don't like to stay up late are forc...
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Tina Fey And Amy Poehler Deliver In 'Baby Mama,' Opening April 25

April 9th, 2008 5:02pm EDT
Baby Mama
In a comedy that brings together some of today's sharpest talent, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler team with writer/director Michael McCullers and producers Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn to tell the story of two women, one apartment and the nine months that will change their lives: Baby Mama.

Successful and single businesswoman Kate Holbrook (Fey) has long put her career ahead of a personal life. Now 37, she's finally determined to have a kid on her own. But her plan is thrown a curve ball after she discovers she has only a million-to-one chance of getting pregnant. Undaunted, the drive...
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The 10 Greatest Cast Members Of 'Saturday Night Live'

April 7th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
Eddie Murphy
Live from New York, it's Saturday Night! These seven words have been shouted from Studio 8H of Rockefeller Center since Lorne Michaels created "Saturday Night Live" in 1975. The original name of the show was simply "Saturday Night" because at the time ABC had a show entitled "Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell."

Choosing 10 of the show's best cast members is not a task to be taken lightly. We looked at what qualities go into making a perfect cast member as opposed to just picking performers who went on to greater fame after they left the show (though sometimes this happened anyw...
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Low Times Mean Good Times With Andy Kindler, Part 1

April 1st, 2008 10:39am EDT
Andy Kindler
There seems to be a relationship between the state of comedian Andy Kindler's career and the state of American culture. The worse the economy, the less informative the news, and the poorer the satire, the more opportunities Andy gets. This past month alone Andy has been on Letterman, Comedy Central's The Root of all Evil, and was even profiled by the LA Times. "To a man like me," says Andy, "Who brings joy to the non-masses, I'm going to be able to profit during down times." What's down, what's coming, and what's funny about it is the subject of this Starpulse Q and A with comedian Andy Kin...
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Sci Fi's Development Slate Delivers Mix Of Fantasy, Mythical Adventures & Superpowered Comedy

July 16th, 2007 10:43am EDT
Ben Browder
Sci Fi's 2007/2008 original programming roster will feature new offerings from the critically-acclaimed, hit series Battlestar Galactica and collaborations with top-tier creative talent such as Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Michael Shoemaker, Thomas Jane, Steve Niles, Ben Browder and Andrew Prowse.

From mythical landscapes and dangerous gods to quirky animated comedies and thoughtful explorations of new worlds, SCI FI's original programming remains unmatched in its reputation for innovative, high quality entertainment.

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BATTLESTAR GALACTIC...
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